The U.S. Military’s Real Worry about Venezuela: That We’ll Stop Giving Oil Away to Cuba

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This, from a press conference today by Commander General John F. Kelly (USMC), U.S. Southern Command, simply defies parody:

The real shame of it is, of course, they have the second-largest oil reserves in the world.  If it — if it continues to degrade, I’m — here’s where I am concerned.  There are many, many countries in Latin America that take virtually free fuel, Petrocaribe, that Chavez and now Maduro provides, Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica — not Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, places like that.  These small, small countries rely on — on the oil more or less free.  Their economies would, I think, collapse if they didn’t get the oil.

So if we see a continued degradation — you know, right now, I think the inflation rate is 56 percent.  That is impossible to…

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